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Completed LP: Kingdoms of Amalur Demo

Discussion in 'Codex Playground' started by DarthBehemoth, Jan 18, 2012.

  1. DarthBehemoth Learned

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    Note: I'm currently putting my Skyrim LP on hold for...

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    Demo (Full game isn't out yet ;))

    01 - Welcome to Amalur
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    Like all UberAwesomeMegaKoolActionRPGs of late, Kingdoms of Amalur has an intro that introduces you to the world, it's history and all the mindfuck that comes with it.

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    The narrator here is actually the same voice actress that did Morrigan in Dragon Age.

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    WoW-esque villages and somewhat bland world name. So far not impressed.

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    The soldiers suddenly realize they didn't raise their perception skill and now are surrounded by archers and warriors

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    Come to think of it, they didn't have level appropriate gear either.

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    Like all saturday-morning villains, Gadflow is about to execute a nameless dude to establish his awesomeness.

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    Bow-chicka-bow-wow

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    Luckily, the soldier didn't forgot to upgrade his one-handed skill, so he killed the Tuatha

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    DUM... DUM...

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    ...DUM!!

    So far it's only the intro. Next update will feature character creation and actual gameplay!
     
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  2. RK47 collides like two planets pulled by gravity Patron

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    man. the art direction is a little bit..unique. But the plastic sword props turns me off :lol: downloading demo now. good luck!
     
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  3. lightbane Arcane

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    Wait what, Fae? Freaking faeries?? They're quite "fabulous" indeed.

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  4. Crooked Bee (no longer) a wide-wandering bee Patron

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    Interesting.
     
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  5. felipepepe Prestigious Gentleman Codex's Heretic Patron

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    Yet as soon he became king all the Faes turned into immortal warriors bred for battle wielding silly "I AM EVIL" swords...

    Also, how humanity lasted 10 years against an immortal army? Siege Tanks?

    But please, do continue. :)
     
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  6. anus_pounder Arcane

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    You have two attack buttons and two defense maneuvers, the roll and the block. :salute: :salute:

    Do continue.
     
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  7. Cowboy Moment Arcane

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    Play a rogue for the cinematic stealth-kills. :smug:
     
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  8. spekkio Arcane

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    Is this one of the great PC games that own popamole console stuff any day?

    :roll:

    Still, it can't be derpier that Arcania, can it?
     
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  9. CappenVarra phase-based phantasmist Patron

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    First they came for the axes, and now swords are blunt weapons as well... There are no surprises, only :decline:
     
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  10. Elwro Arcane

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    Thanks very much for beginning the LP, I see there's no reason to dl the 2.5 GB demo.
     
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  11. felipepepe Prestigious Gentleman Codex's Heretic Patron

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    Just wait until you see the first weapon in the game, a "Longsword". :smug:
     
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  12. DarthBehemoth Learned

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    02 - Dead is the new black

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    This scene, basically is the prolouge to character creation

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    I'll have a go with this dark elf looking fella

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    Next step is chosing a deity, similair to D&D. like D&D, choosing a deity grants you certain bonuses.

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    I choose to model him after our favorite wimpy NPC we all love from DA Origins

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    And now we're about to name our Alistair lookalike

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    What? You expected me to name him Alistair? No Kodex, I don't roll my dice that way!

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    Uh-oh

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    Ewwww. Something tells me this isn't your grandpa's RPG anymore.

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    Facial animation approaching Jimbob level awesomeness!

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    Careful not to step in shit.

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    Ugh. Made it down at last.

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    I should mention the camera feels way too clunky and unresponsive, it's on par with DS3 at least.

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    Hmmm. Interesting

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    We loot a sword from a nearby container

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    The interface is unfriendly to use (to put it lightly). Even I a newfag such as I has trouble with this trash interface.

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    Here's Timmy with his plastic sword doll looking like a BRO

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    Shit. Tuatha, guess IT'S TOTALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO AVOID COMBAT HERE!

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    Before we get a change to get some shining new weapons and armor though, we encounter giant rats. Ahhh... feels like Dragon Age already

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    Combat in this game feels (and looks in my opinion) a lot like TW2. The only difference is that the combat is more responsive and you can really 'feel' the impact of the moves you make here.

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    Time to swoop to the rescue

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    This is actually quite handy, as I discovered later on in the demo.

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    The camera during combat feels even more akward than it did in normal mode. When the game thinks there are too many enemies of screen, it switches to a lookalike top down view. But somehow it doesn't quite work.

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    And then, only a few seconds later, it switches back to OTS o_O

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    It's one of those gnomes who tossed me on the body pile. Great.

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    :obviously: Ah, the infamous dialouge wheel. We meet again!

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    Note: That's not my character talking, and Hugues is the one who made the well of souls.

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    Well, to destory the well? Isn't that obvious?!

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    He hands me some health potions.

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    Just a screen here of the 'other' dialouge mode, which is more like the one we all love (or hate) from the Elder Scrolls

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    Pretty good art design by the way.

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  13. felipepepe Prestigious Gentleman Codex's Heretic Patron

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    Man, that fucking piercing should give you +4 AC / - 2 Perception.
     
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  14. CappenVarra phase-based phantasmist Patron

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    it's so... shitty! :thefacethatneverremembered:
     
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  15. Cassidy Arcane

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    From Rise of Nations to this...

    :decline: :decline: :decline:
     
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  16. Vault Dweller Commissar, Red Star Studio Developer

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  17. VentilatorOfDoom RPG Codex Staff

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  18. Brother None inXile Entertainment Developer

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    Dialog wheel, clunky cameras, a plot where you play an amnesiac raised from the dead. THIS IS SO ORIGINAL.
     
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  19. Drakron Arcane

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    The odd thing is dialog does not even USE the wheel most of the time, it have it some times but others is just a topic list box.
    I completed the demo, died twice the second time I played (lets just say I am not a staff person) ... I would not say is that bad, at least looks better that TOR.
     
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  20. Brother None inXile Entertainment Developer

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    I played as much of the demo as I could. Mouse smoothing + fucking shitty motion blur when the camera moves makes it a nauseating experience for me. I am underwhelmed anyway, except by the combat. The combat's pretty good for an action-RPG.
     
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  21. felipepepe Prestigious Gentleman Codex's Heretic Patron

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    Played the demo again today, but went berserk to see what happens. Stole a shitty weapon from the Blacksmith, whole town got hostile. Guards approached me and took me to jail. I lockpicked my way out and slayed the whole town, except for a important-quets giving NPC that kept respawning. Felt like Skyrim all over again...Also finally found a wand shotgun and WoW's Illidan blade in-game.

    To be 100% honest is not an horribad game, it's what Fable should have been. But I was disapointed in how the primary and secondary weapon combos do not mix together at all...
     
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  22. DarthBehemoth Learned

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    I still find it strange they don't use the dialouge wheel as often as I'd like. I'm not really a fan of those TES-like topic boxes, and thanks to Mass Deffect, dialouge wheel has become a standard in nextgen RPGs
     
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  23. felipepepe Prestigious Gentleman Codex's Heretic Patron

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    It seems like the wheel is used on "important" conversations, and the TES boxes on those "filler" dialogs...I guess is just an educated way of saying "none of this is important, skip it and go kill something".
     
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  24. Think big! Smoking Dicks

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    So does the demo show any of the sandbox element or is it all beginning linear shit?
     
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  25. DraQ Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    I'm so very unimpressed.
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